Boardman orchestras to present winter concert

The Boardman High School symphony, chamber and classical orchestras will present its annual Winter Orchestra Festival Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Boardman Performing Arts Center.

The 35-member classical orchestra, under the direction of Michele Prokop, Bill Amendol and Tim Tuite, will open the concert with “Fiddle Dance” by Percy Fletcher, followed by a performance of the “Hillcrest Overture” by Niehaus.

The orchestra will close out its portion of the concert with the selections from “The Nutcracker” by Tschaikowsky.

The 40-member chamber orchestra, featuring the top string players in the BHS orchestra program, will open its portion of the program with the first movement of Grieg’s “Holberg’s Suite.” It will then feature seniors David Timlin, Maddie Smotzer, Christian O’Neil and junior Eric Baker on violin, as well as Lily Gelfand on cello in Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Four Violins in b minor.”

Senior solo competition winners will take the stage next. Nadya Stratton, performing on flute, will play “Serenade” by Howard Hanson and Lily Gelfand, performing on cello, will play “Hungarian Rhapsody” by David Popper.

Finally, the 110-member symphony orchestra will take the stage to perform selections from Carl Nielsen’s “Aladdin Suite,” Antonin Dvorak’s “Slavonic Dance Op.46, No.8,” as well as holiday favorites “The Polar Express,” Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival” and his timeless classic “Sleigh Ride.”

Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for students.

Preschoolers and senior citizens are admitted free of charge.

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